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Saint Augustine
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And so, lastly, does the very name of "Catholic", which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house. Saint Augustine
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Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself? Saint Augustine
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...But we enjoyed playing games and were punished for them by men who played games themselves. However, grown-up games are known as 'business' and even though boys' games are much the same, they are punished for them by their elders. No one pities either the boys or the men, though surely we deserve pity, for I cannot believe that a good judge would approve of the beatings I received as a boy on the ground that my games delayed my progress in studying subjects which would enable me to play a less creditable game later in life. Saint Augustine
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The sole purpose of life is to gain merit for life in eternity. Saint Augustine
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Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not Saint Augustine
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I was in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: The same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor. Saint Augustine
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It's not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds. Saint Augustine
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Attract them by the way you live. Saint Augustine
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Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved. Saint Augustine
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Man's maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die. Saint Augustine
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None save great men have been the authors of great heresies. Saint Augustine
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You have found that you were more secure before you accumulated so much. See what greed has imposed on you: You have filled your house and now you fear burglars. You have hoarded money and lost sleep. See what greed has commanded you: "Do this!" And you did it. Saint Augustine
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By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman [Eve], by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman [Mary]. Saint Augustine
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Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God. Saint Augustine
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If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God. Saint Augustine
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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave. Saint Augustine
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...If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless. Saint Augustine
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This entire most beautiful order of good things is going to pass away after its measure has been exhausted; for both morning and evening were made in them. Saint Augustine
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Unless you believe, you will not understand. Saint Augustine
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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance; but He has not promised to-morrow to your procrastination. Saint Augustine
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I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him. Saint Augustine
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Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood. Saint Augustine
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A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. Saint Augustine
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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. Saint Augustine
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The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine
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Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet. Saint Augustine
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Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt. Saint Augustine
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This world's a bubble. Saint Augustine
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He who labours, prays. Saint Augustine
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We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot. Saint Augustine
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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Saint Augustine
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For I did not know that the soul needs to be enlightened by light from outside itself, so that it can participate in truth, because it is not itself the nature of truth. Saint Augustine
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I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct. Saint Augustine
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It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning. Saint Augustine
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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. Saint Augustine
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I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering. Saint Augustine
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It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam. Saint Augustine
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Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger. Saint Augustine
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Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. Saint Augustine
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All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross. Saint Augustine
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If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon. Saint Augustine
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For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism. Saint Augustine
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Therefore, give to the poor. I beg you, I admonish you, I charge you, I command you to give. Saint Augustine
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We must be on our guard against giving interpretations which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers. Saint Augustine
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Does God proclaim Himself in the wonders of creation? No. All things proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, "It is you who made me beautiful, not me myself but you. Saint Augustine
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Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Saint Augustine
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Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all. Saint Augustine
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For you [God] are infinite and never change. In you 'today' never comes to an end: and yet our 'today' does come to an end in you, because time, as well as everything else, exists in you. If it did not, it would have no means of passing. And since your years never come to an end, for you they are simply 'today'...But you yourself are eternally the same. In your 'today' you will make all that is to exist tomorrow and thereafter, and in your 'today' you have made all that existed yesterday and for ever before. Saint Augustine
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This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open. Saint Augustine
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The world's verdict is conclusive. Saint Augustine
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God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. Saint Augustine
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What do you possess if you possess not God? Saint Augustine
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If you don't believe it you won't understand it. Saint Augustine
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Try as they may to savor the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimse the splendor of eternity, which is forever still. Saint Augustine
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Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow. Saint Augustine
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It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up. Saint Augustine
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Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law. Saint Augustine
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Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of. Saint Augustine
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Let the Lord your God be your hope - seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself. Saint Augustine
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If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. Saint Augustine
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The flesh does not by its own virtue purify, but is purified by virtue of the Word by which it was assumed, when 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (Jn. 1:14). Saint Augustine
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Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor. Saint Augustine
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He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it. Saint Augustine
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Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace. Saint Augustine
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It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver. Saint Augustine
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I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write. Saint Augustine
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By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual. Saint Augustine
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Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants. Saint Augustine
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